Nicole Eggert has given her first TV interview about her sexual misconduct claims against her Charles in Chargeco-star Scott Baio, explaining why she "covered up" the alleged behavior for years.
Speaking on Megyn Kelly Today on Tuesday, the actress, 46, spoke about claims she first made on Twitter over the weekend, where she alleged that Baio, 57, molested her starting from when she was 14.
Eggert took NBC News host Megyn Kelly back to when the CBS family sitcom, which ran for four years, began in September of 1986 when Eggert was 14. She said Baio — who played the title character, a college student who cared for a household of children, including one played by Eggert — "immediately" befriended her and earned her trust.
"Then he started expressing his love for me and talking about marriage in the future," said Eggert. "Before my 15th birthday, we were at his house — in his car in his garage — and he reached over and he penetrated me with his finger and that is when the sexual touching and abuse started, after that."
She continued, "I was very young and it was shocking. I had never experienced anything like that before, either. So he was playing on not only my emotions but my hormones. The issue with him is that he was our boss. He also was telling me, 'You can't tell anybody, this is illegal, I'll go to jail. The show will be over. Everybody will be sued. You'll be out of a job. You'll ruin everybody's life.' It's scary. That's intimidating, especially when you're that young."
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